by Tim Willert Published: August 15, 2017 11:51 AM
Several Oklahoma City School Board members said Tuesday they favor renaming four schools named after Confederate officers, but raised concerns about the costs associated with doing so.
Four elementary schools — Stand Watie, Lee, Wheeler and Jackson — are named after generals who commanded Confederate troops in the Civil War, according to the district’s website.
“Those four historical figures certainly don’t represent any of the values that we have in our district today, and I understand 100 percent the desire to change them,” board Chair Paula Lewis said.
Uh, Stand Watie? I suspect Ms. Lewis has forgotten her Oklahoma history if she ever knew it.
Stand Watie represents Diversity.
Or does he? Nobody in the press ever says Clarence Thomas represents diversity on the Supreme Court.
“We don’t want any of our actions, whether intentional or unintentional, to allow for anybody to think that we support racism, white supremacy or any maltreatment of a minority, race or culture.”
Superintendent Aurora Lora, responding to the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, acknowledged Tuesday that some facilities named after “historical” figures do not “reflect our values in 2017.”
Stand Watie (Cherokee: ᏕᎦᏔᎦ, translit. Degataga, lit. ‘Stand firm’) (December 12, 1806 – September 9, 1871) — also known as Standhope Uwatie, Tawkertawker, and Isaac S. Watie — was a leader of the Cherokee Nation, and not only a brigadier general of the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War, but the only Native American general of the Confederate Army. He commanded the Confederate Indian cavalry of the Army of the Trans-Mississippi, made up mostly of Cherokee, Muskogee and Seminole, and was the final Confederate general in the field to cease hostilities at war’s end.
He appears to have been about 3/4th Cheroke and 1/4th white.
This will be an interesting test case. Commenter Clyde suggests:
My bottom lining here is that monuments to white people are being desecrated and torn down. That they are Confederate memorials is only 10% of the issue. This is just inchoate rage against “white patriarchy” by the coalition of the fringes.
Try doing this with any memorial to a black or Samoan or (my pet) Aleutian Islanders.
So, the fate of Stand Watie appears to be a good test case of whether the current paroxysm is really anti-Confederate or anti-white.